- Length: 22 inches Wingspan: 42 inches
- Large long-necked long-legged wading bird; with neck extended in flight
- Long, slightly decurved bill with yellowish-orange
base and dark tip
- Often flicks and cocks short tail while walking a high-stepping gait
- Dark brown plumage
- Head, neck, and underparts streaked extensively with white
- Back and upperwing coverts have bold white spots and streaks
- Immature similar to adult, but paler
- White-streaked underwing coverts visible in flight
- Sexes similar
Ibises have thinner more strongly decurved bills and lack
white spots on upperparts. Immature Night-Herons have much shorter
legs and necks, and shorter, thicker bills.
Length and wingspan from: Robbins, C.S., Bruun, B., Zim, H.S., (1966). Birds of North America. New York: Western Publishing Company, Inc.